Serving in the Active Duty military makes a person eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill program. It is a program that is accessible by either the active duty or selected reserve Servicemember, each version of the program is a little different between active duty and reserves. The MGIB bill allows a Servicemember to receive funds when they separate from military service to attend college or technical school but it also provides funds that can be used for civilian OJT training after a Servicemember separates from active duty. You can receive funds up to $14,000 dollars for a two year on the job OJT training program paid for with the MGIB funding.
To qualify for VA apprenticeship program benefits you have to meet certain qualifying conditions: You have to be a full time employee, on hour wage or salary not on commission. You must be under direct supervision at least half of the time, the training must lead to an entry level position, the training program must be reported and documented, you have to be hired within the last 24 months, your program must be at least six months long to become fully trained. You also must not have previous job experience in the field and you can work for any employer, private, state, local or federal government.
There are some qualifying factors for the MGIB benefits for both the active duty and reserve components: Active Duty- To qualify for the benefits available under the Montgomery GI Bill program you have to be either recently promoted, or hired to a new job. You have to have been separated from active duty less than ten years previous to when you first take advantage of the MGIB OJT vocational Benefits. Reserves- You have to be on active duty in the selected reserve or national guard, as an active member (to be eligible for the Reserve GI Bill component).
If you otherwise are a qualified member and you want to begin a job or apprenticeship you should gather material together and apply for the MGIB program. It is not always well known, the MGIB apprenticeship training benefits, and to help further the program sometimes the Veterans Administration will even pay retroactively up to 12 months for certain apprenticeship opportunities.